Looking For Alibrandi Character Analysis

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The novel Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta is set in the context of a 17 year old, illegitimate girl who is trying to establish her identity as a Australian-Italian in sydney in the 1990’s. Convections and characterisation have been used to portray her as a realistic heroine with many flaws and virtues. In this story you know josephine alibrandi’s every thought and feeling. This is made possible through the use of point of view. Looking for Alibrandi is written entirely in first person enabling you to see how she feels about certain people and how she feels about what is happening to her in her life. You can tell that she doesn’t like snobs or racism because she expresses those feelings inside her head and as you are inside her head it is as if you are getting a personal commentary from the main character throughout the whole story, making her a believable character. The use of language in the story helps establish a confident relationship with Josephine. She uses chatty slang to make the reader more comfortable with the story line, especially when she attempts to rationalize a feeling or action on her behalf. Her father calls her “our obnoxious creation” because she has witty observations and is never short of something to…show more content…
They are what creates the story and the characters. Josephine goes through many things throughout the storyline, all of which affect her, building her personality. She grows up, accepting responsibilities and values. She establishes relationships; family, friends, lovers, all making her who she appears in the story. She discovers free will, teenage sexuality and multiculturalism. The generation gap, peer pressure and conformity. She faces all of these things and comes out stronger. She becomes more experienced in life, making her a good character. The issues she faces in her life not only make the story more interesting, but make Josephine a more realistic and believable
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